Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Lithuania  /  Vilnius County  /  Vilnius  /  Religious Sites  /  Gates of Dawn
Gates of Dawn, Vilnius
(4.3/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
The sole surviving example of the five gates that once ringed and protected Vilnius, Gates of Dawn represents the site of a Renaissance chapel and one of the main entrances to the historical city center. Originally built during the first two decades of the 16th century, the gates from outside the defensive city walls appear as an imposing and solidly built tower. On the reverse side, however, the gate frames an ornate church straddling the tunnel. Peer through the windows to catch a glimpse of the chapel within. Climb up to the chapel via the door located next to the gate to view an intimate prayer room complete with a gilded icon of the Virgin Mary, meant to bless visitors and travelers alike. Take note that Mary is depicted alone, rather than holding Jesus. Using our custom trip planner, Vilnius attractions like Gates of Dawn can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create a full Vilnius itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Vilnius

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Vilnius by other users

5 days in Bern, Vilnius & Tallinn BY A USER FROM ESTONIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Vilnius BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Vilnius BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Vilnius BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Europe BY A USER FROM LATVIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Lithuania BY A USER FROM NORWAY June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Vilnius BY A USER FROM LATVIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Vilnius & Riviera Maya BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Vilnius BY A USER FROM LATVIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Lithuania BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Lithuania & Singapore BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA March, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Vilnius BY A USER FROM ROMANIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The place is considered to be magical. The Maddona is venerated and believed to answer sincere prayers by sometimes providing miraculous recoveries or other miracles. Pray sincerely and donate generou...  more »
  • Above this door there is a small chapel which houses a miraculous icon representing the Virgin. Its origin is mysterious, probably from the 17th century. It is today a place of pilgrimage for all Lithuanian Orthodox and Catholic Christians.
    View original
  • Ova kapija je jedina sacuvana od nekadasnjih ulaznih vrata starog Vilniusa. Tu se nalazi kapela sa ikonom Bogorodice, koju postuju i pravoslavni i katolicki vernici. 
Google
  • Beautiful gates with really exciting historical value. You can see lots of hearts and writings on them, also some people visit this place to ask for true love or to have children. There is shop in which you can get icons, crosses and souvenirs
  • The chapel is small but very impressive. The church was also nice and can easily be missed. The building is a bit of a maze!
  • On the top of gate, will see something detail inside. See more fancy when pass through the gate, restaurants, churchs and landmarks. It's really cold, 4 degree, now.
  • Very beautiful historic place to visit. Especially for Christians.
  • A very popular place in Vilnius you have to visit. From outside you can see a beautiful room inside the Gates of Dawn.